NHRA: Sampey earns 1st win since 2007; Torrence (TF), Capps (FC), Anderson (PS) also win

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Angelle Sampey’s 42nd career Pro Stock Motorcycle win was a long time coming –nine years to be precise.

But that long winless slump is now history as Sampey roared to a win in Sunday’s finals of the NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey.

Also earning wins in the 10th of 24 races this season in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series were Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Ron Capps (Funny Car) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock).

Sampey (6.876 seconds at 194.41 mph) defeated Jerry Savoie (6.928 at 177.21) to take the victory, her first since winning at Houston in 2007.

In addition, Sampey becomes the fifth female driver or rider to win a race in the NHRA’s top four pro classes: Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle.

“I know this is my 42nd win but it feels like my first ever,” Sampey, the winningest female racer in NHRA history, said in a post-race interview. “I don’t feel like I had any wins before today. I’m starting all over again and I had something to prove and it took a while.

“I feel totally responsible to show my daughter what she can do with her life. Now I can show her that even if you aren’t winning every weekend but if you just keep trying, you’re going to get it. Showing her and being her role model – I don’t have the words for it.”

In Top Fuel, Torrence (4.037 seconds at 281.71 mph) earned his second win of the season and seventh of his career, defeating eight-time series champion Tony Schumacher (4.234 seconds at 268.28 mph).

“This is huge,” Torrence said in winning for the second time in his career at Englishtown. “This is home for my team. I’m proud to have contributed to this win, I got it for them.

“We’ve been so fortunate and blessed. We’ve got a race car that has been impeccable and the only fault has been me some of the time. We are going to count our blessings and just keep going.”

In Funny Car, Capps (3.954 seconds at 316.90 mph) earned his second race win in a row and third of the season, defeating Jack Beckman (7.894 at 85.05). In so doing, Capps regained the points lead in the Funny Car standings with his 48th career win.

“It’s great,” Capps said. “It’s something you hope will happen at the end of the day.

“With the competition, you can’t imagine it will go as planned or easy. We’re just taking it a little bit at a time. I almost felt embarrassed driving this car today because it’s just so good. You don’t want to mess up when it’s that good. It’s your race to lose.”

In Pro Stock, Anderson (6.610 seconds at 210.93 mph) earned his fifth win in seven final round appearances of the season, his seventh at Englishtown and the 83rd of his career, defeating points leader and teammate Jason Line, who fouled at the starting line.

“It’s unreal,” Anderson said, “It’s just absolutely been a dream season. I keep wanting to pinch myself.

“It’s just cool and we’ve had such a great run. This was another great weekend. It’s just one more time that Englishtown tells me how much it loves me and how much the fans up here appreciate Pro Stock.”

Ken Black Racing continues to dominate the Pro Stock class, with Line and Anderson having won all 10 events thus far between them, five wins each.

The NHRA national event tour continues next weekend (June 17-20) with the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tennessee.

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FINAL FINISHING ORDER:

TOP FUEL: 1.  Steve Torrence; 2.  Tony Schumacher; 3.  Shawn Langdon; 4.  Brittany Force; 5.  Antron Brown; 6.  J.R. Todd; 7.  Dom Lagana; 8.  Doug Kalitta; 9.  Leah Pritchett; 10.  Shawn Reed; 11.  Smax Smith; 12.  Terry McMillen; 13.  Clay Millican; 14.  Richie Crampton; 15.  Luigi Novelli; 16. Terry Haddock.

FUNNY CAR: 1.  Ron Capps; 2.  Jack Beckman; 3.  Jeff Diehl; 4.  Del Worsham; 5.  Tim Wilkerson; 6.  John Force; 7.  Matt Hagan; 8.  Tommy Johnson Jr.; 9.  Alexis DeJoria; 10.  Cruz Pedregon; 11.  Chad Head; 12.  Blake Alexander; 13.  Robert Hight; 14.  Courtney Force; 15.  John Hale; 16.  Jim Campbell.

PRO STOCK: 1.  Greg Anderson; 2.  Jason Line; 3.  Vincent Nobile; 4.  Kenny Delco; 5.  Drew Skillman; 6.  John Gaydosh Jr; 7.  Jeg Coughlin; 8.  Allen Johnson; 9.  Alex Laughlin; 10.  Shane Gray; 11.  Erica Enders; 12.  Bo Butner; 13.  Charlie Westcott Jr.; 14.  V. Gaines; 15.  Chris McGaha.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE: 1.  Angelle Sampey; 2.  Jerry Savoie; 3.  Eddie Krawiec; 4.  Chip Ellis; 5.  Andrew Hines; 6.  LE Tonglet; 7.  Steve Johnson; 8.  Hector Arana Jr; 9.  Cory Reed; 10.  Scotty Pollacheck; 11. Michael Phillips; 12.  Hector Arana; 13.  Brian Pretzel; 14.  Michael Ray; 15.  Jim Underdahl; 16. Karen Stoffer.

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FINAL RESULTS:

Top Fuel: Steve Torrence, 4.037 seconds, 281.71 mph  def. Tony Schumacher, 4.234 seconds, 268.28 mph.

Funny Car: Ron Capps, Dodge Charger, 3.954, 316.90  def. Jack Beckman, Charger, 7.894, 85.05.

Pro Stock: Greg Anderson, Chevy Camaro, 6.610, 210.93  def. Jason Line, Camaro, Foul – Red Light.

Pro Stock Motorcycle: Angelle Sampey, Buell, 6.876, 194.41  def. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.928, 177.21.

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FINAL ROUND-BY-ROUND RESULTS:

TOP FUEL: ROUND ONE — Dom Lagana, 4.417, 211.73 def. Clay Millican, 6.925, 84.78; Brittany Force, 3.849, 317.34 def. Luigi Novelli, 11.199, 71.53; Shawn Langdon, 3.815, 319.45 def. Shawn Reed, 4.498, 196.67; Steve Torrence, 3.876, 310.55 def. Smax Smith, 4.981, 148.80; Antron Brown, 4.071, 226.81 def. Terry Haddock, 11.960, 59.27; Doug Kalitta, 3.801, 321.96 def. Leah Pritchett, 3.846, 317.05; J.R. Todd, 3.754, 323.66 def. Richie Crampton, 9.033, 88.40; Tony Schumacher, 3.799, 319.29 def. Terry McMillen, 5.129, 140.50; QUARTERFINALS — Langdon, 4.505, 174.10 def. Lagana, Foul – Red Light; Force, 4.405, 287.41 def. Kalitta, Foul – Centerline; Schumacher, 4.156, 263.72 def. Brown, 4.804, 140.02; Torrence, 4.481, 239.44 def. Todd, 5.359, 150.46; SEMIFINALS — Torrence, 4.327, 264.75 def. Force, 4.427, 252.24; Schumacher, 3.843, 319.22 def. Langdon, 3.904, 314.97; FINAL — Torrence, 4.037, 281.71 def. Schumacher, 4.234, 268.28.

FUNNY CAR: ROUND ONE — Jeff Diehl, Toyota Solara, 5.188, 230.61 def. Robert Hight, Chevy Camaro, 6.394, 144.94; Ron Capps, Dodge Charger, 4.057, 307.93 def. John Hale, Charger, 8.734, 56.15; Matt Hagan, Charger, 3.950, 316.75 def. Jim Campbell, Toyota Camry, 13.365, 63.58; Del Worsham, Camry, 4.621, 250.74 def. Blake Alexander, Charger, 4.760, 208.84; Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 4.033, 313.73 def. Cruz Pedregon, Camry, 4.117, 293.41; Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 3.999, 318.77 def. Chad Head, Camry, 4.551, 225.11; Jack Beckman, Charger, 3.972, 315.71 def. Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 3.998, 309.91; John Force, Camaro, 3.983, 314.68 def. Courtney Force, Camaro, 7.035, 93.90; QUARTERFINALS — Worsham, 4.332, 254.71 def. Johnson Jr., 9.235, 84.46; Beckman, 4.105, 305.98 def. Hagan, 4.842, 182.21; Diehl, 4.264, 272.45 def. Wilkerson, 4.292, 270.75; Capps, 3.996, 310.55 def. J. Force, 4.474, 204.98; SEMIFINALS — Capps, 3.960, 314.68 def. Worsham, 8.890, 82.05; Beckman, 4.062, 289.51 def. Diehl, 6.137, 113.21; FINAL — Capps, 3.954, 316.90 def. Beckman, 7.894, 85.05.

PRO STOCK: ROUND ONE — Jeg Coughlin, Dodge Dart, 6.708, 207.56 def. Erica Enders, Dart, 6.812, 206.70; Drew Skillman, Chevy Camaro, 7.163, 155.65 def. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 10.450, 91.91; Kenny Delco, Camaro, 6.718, 208.36 def. Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.729, 209.23; Allen Johnson, Dart, 6.688, 208.88 def. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.698, 209.33; John Gaydosh Jr, Chevrolet Camaro, 6.785, 204.51 def. Bo Butner, Camaro, 7.296, 154.74; Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.600, 210.70 def. Charlie Westcott Jr., Ford Mustang, 8.839, 109.40; Jason Line, Camaro, 6.596, 210.14 was unopposed; Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.646, 209.82 def. V. Gaines, Dart, 9.916, 84.11; QUARTERFINALS — Delco, 6.688, 208.07 def. Gaydosh Jr, Foul – Red Light; Nobile, 6.639, 210.37 def. Johnson, 7.003, 161.00; Anderson, 6.617, 210.73 def. Skillman, 6.723, 207.88; Line, 6.617, 210.54 def. Coughlin, 6.972, 162.86; SEMIFINALS — Line, 6.668, 210.21 def. Nobile, 14.129, 60.59; Anderson, 6.601, 211.39 def. Delco, ;FINAL — Anderson, 6.610, 210.93 def. Line, Foul – Red Light.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE: ROUND ONE — Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.841, 196.82 def. Cory Reed, Buell, Foul – Red Light; Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.921, 192.33 def. Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, 7.089, 187.63; Chip Ellis, Buell, 6.869, 194.07 def. Scotty Pollacheck, Buell, 6.965, 192.22; Angelle Sampey, Buell, 6.836, 196.62 def. Michael Ray, Buell, 7.070, 162.08; Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.876, 195.45 def. Michael Phillips, Suzuki, 6.968, 190.27; LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.867, 195.70 def. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, Foul- Red Light; Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.864, 195.56 def. Brian Pretzel, Suzuki, 7.027, 192.17; Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.947, 192.11 def. Hector Arana, Buell, 6.987, 189.82; QUARTERFINALS — Savoie, 6.846, 196.36 def. Tonglet, 6.920, 192.17; Ellis, 6.903, 194.21 def. Arana Jr, 7.011, 193.35; Krawiec, 6.864, 196.36 def. Johnson, 6.971, 191.27; Sampey, 6.859, 195.45 def. Hines, 6.897, 194.88; SEMIFINALS — Savoie, 6.879, 197.51 def. Ellis, 6.880, 192.17; Sampey, 6.852, 193.74 def. Krawiec, 6.870, 196.24; FINAL — Sampey, 6.876, 194.41 def. Savoie, 6.928, 177.21.

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UPDATED POINT STANDINGS: 

Top Fuel: 1.  Doug Kalitta, 847; 2.  Antron Brown, 798; 3.  Steve Torrence, 782; 4.  Brittany Force, 693; 5. Tony Schumacher, 577; 6.  J.R. Todd, 528; 7.  Clay Millican, 507; 8.  Richie Crampton, 483; 9. Shawn Langdon, 478; 10.  Leah Pritchett, 377.

Funny Car: 1.  Ron Capps, 758; 2.  Jack Beckman, 731; 3.  Courtney Force, 687; 4.  Tim Wilkerson, 660; 5.  Del Worsham, 639; 6.  Matt Hagan, 615; 7.  Robert Hight, 586; 8.  John Force, 581; 9.  Tommy Johnson Jr., 558; 10.  Alexis DeJoria, 516.

Pro Stock: 1.  Jason Line, 1,133; 2.  Greg Anderson, 1,065; 3.  Bo Butner, 719; 4.  Allen Johnson, 614; 5. Drew Skillman, 550; 6.  Chris McGaha, 491; 7.  Vincent Nobile, 480; 8.  Jeg Coughlin, 424; 9.  Alex Laughlin, 413; 10.  Erica Enders, 406.

Pro Stock Motorcycle: 1.  Eddie Krawiec, 436; 2.  Jerry Savoie, 310; 3.  Angelle Sampey, 297; 4.  Andrew Hines, 290; 5. Chip Ellis, 269; 6.  Hector Arana, 239; 7.  LE Tonglet, 196; 8.  Karen Stoffer, 150; 9.  Scotty Pollacheck, 149; 10.  Steve Johnson, 147.

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